Glass tile was extremely popular in the beginning of this century, and it was also extremely expensive. I lost interest in glass tile for some time, as it was used too much and too frequently. Recently, however, I started noticing it again and feel inspired by some of the products I found. Some of my selections are still expensive, but others are quiet reasonably priced. In either case, please use responsibly…
Renovating your bathroom (or your entire apartment) can be exciting. It can also be exasperating. Often it is both.
We put together a list of good ideas to implement and bad ideas to avoid during your renovation process. We hope that this advice will make your remodel more fun and less hassle.
+ Price your renovation with at least three contractors. Even if you have a contractor that you know and trust, it is a good idea to get pricing from the competition. Not only will this be helpful in your contract negotiations; each contractor may give you some good ideas about cost savings or technical advice.
+ Sign a contract with your builder. Put at least the following in writing: the names and addresses of both parties, the location and scope of the project, the renovation cost and renovation schedule.
+ Order all materials and fixtures prior to commencement of renovation. Or have your contractor do it for you. Some items may have very long delivery times – it is beneficial to know about it upfront to avoid delays or last-minute changes.
+ Request samples of materials. This way you can make sure that you will be getting the product you imagined or be certain that two materials match one another.
+ Inspect the work. Even if you are not a professional, you may notice issues that the contractor missed. Address mistakes and problems as soon as you notice them.
- Expect that you can avoid problems. Problems are inevitable, so be prepared, do not panic and approach them with a clear head.
- Make last-minute changes. Changes made during the construction is in progress tend to be expensive and may lead to mistakes and/or delays.
- Pay your contractor for work up-front. Only pay for work that has been completed by the contractor and inspected by you.
Find more renovation advice in the Renovation Tips page of our Web site. We also recommend you explore our entire Additional Resources section for more useful information regarding apartment remodeling.
The Recess Lav is a design cooperation between Desai / Chia and AF New York Design Lab. It is a wonderful solution for small bathrooms. It is a unit that contains a washbasin, backsplash and medicine cabinets. Part of the washbasin is recessed into the wall, so the unit projects a mere 12 inches into the space. The module is seamlessly cast from white resin.
This design won the 2010 Good Design Award and the 2010 Idea bronze Award.
Found via apartmenttherapy.com.
2.6 billion people in the world lack any form of functional toilet, and humans create an average of two pounds of excretion per person per day.
In the first episode of Dwell’s new video series, The Bathroom Reinvented (warning: there is a short ad in the beginning), Virginia Gardiner makes a case for talking candidly about the can, explaining the designer’s role in improving the loo. She turns poo into fuel!
I recently came across this beautiful line of bathroom fixtures designed by Danish designer Hans Thyge Raunkjaer for Quadro. The line is called “Ocean” and is inspired by the ocean, although the analogy is very abstract. On the Web site the designer states: “Ocean is the powerful sea and the rolling waves”. The geometric shapes indeed make a strong statement and the handles are round, but not very “wavy”. However close the objects may be to their inspiration, it is a gorgeous series.
Now here is the best part. The above faucet line (along with many other creations by Hans Thyge) was conceived in this unbelievably beautiful “studio”. The studio was designed by owner Hans Thyge Raunkjaer and architect Claus Hermansen in 2007. It is located in the village of Norsminde, on the east coast of Jutland. You can check out more photos here: http://hansthyge.dk/the-studio. One more reason to move to Denmark!
I would like to share with you some bathroom images that simply struck me – in a very pleasant way. You might wonder why I keep returning to the subject of minimal bathrooms. The critique of minimalism is that it is too serene, too sterile, not “real life”. I agree in the sense that the images below are styled, and lack the human touch as well as the human body. What is missing are those toothbrushes, half-empty toothpaste tubes, shampoo and shower gel in unsightly bottle , messy towels, razors… do I need to go on? I argue that minimal bathrooms work for precisely this reason: they do not by themselves add to the clutter. They create a vary subtle yet beautiful backdrop for the daily life objects and for the human body. With this in mind lets indulge in the beauty of the following photographs.
The classic interior of a townhouse never gets old. It’s been around for centuries and we still find it elegant and enviable. The classic carrara, arabescato or calacatta marble paired with oak or walnut is beautifully familiar. We think that the use of these traditional materials by means of modern vocabulary makes a grand effect, even in our 5’ x 7’ Townhouse series. Below you will find inspiring images of some of the finest-looking townhouse spaces around.